As an introvert, I find many aspects of photography to be (at best) tiring and (at worst) absolutely terrifying.
Self-promotion is one of those things. I don’t like talking about myself. I don’t like to “sell” myself. I’d prefer my results speak for themselves, but we all know that’s not always possible in this world. I watch in horror as prominent, albeit successful, photographers on youtube tell me I need to be gregarious, and outgoing if I’m ever to make it in this field—giving me the impression that to not be so is career suicide, if you’re trying to grow as a successful photographer.
So, sometimes it is nice to come across advice from successful photographers that are, in fact, introverts like myself. I recently stumbled upon this video by photographer Sean Tucker, whom I very much admire, and it really was a fascinating watch. In the video he sits down with photographer Simon Baxter, and together, they examine the difficulties of navigating a world where—on the surface—extroverts rule.
It really is a wonderfully done video, and it fills me with much more hope as an aspiring semi-professional photographer than many other “advice” videos out there.